Last week my family took my wife’s parents on a trip to California to visit their old homestead. On that trip, we hiked through Redwood forests and ocean-side trails that left me in awe of God’s creation. As I was soaking in the view pictured above, the words of Psalm 8 came flooding to my mind:
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic in your name in all the earth!”
The words of that psalm declare that the created world ought to induce worship of the Creator on our part. The psalm also claims that when we observe the beauty of the created world we ought to be reminded of how awesome it is that God is mindful of us and cares for us. We also ought to remember that God has entrusted us with the care of his creation. So, the next time you stand in awe of the beauty of the world that surrounds us, I hope you are moved to worship the God who cares for you and to act on his behalf by fulfilling his will for you.
How majestic is the name of the Lord!